8:30am - 10:00am(1.5 CE credits) William Phelps, D.V.M Current CPR Protocols and Procedures for the Veterinary Technician In this class we will discuss the different techniques used to administer CPR, current "crash cart" drugs with the proper protocols for their administration, and effective monitoring of the CPR patient. I will also discuss the new certification process available to veterinarians and technicians in Basic(BLS) and Advanced Life Support(ALS)
10:15am - 11:15am (1.0 CE credit) David Hunley, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) Cytology Basics for Technicians A diagnosis of cancer can be made by a variety of methods. Histopathology is generally considered to be the gold standard of diagnosis for most tumors. Some cancers (e.g. leukemia, multiple myeloma) can be diagnosed via bloodwork changes, and others can be diagnosed with specific and unique testing (e.g. CADET testing for transitional cell carcinoma). However, the quickest test to gather information on a tumor is often cytology. A fine needle aspiration can be performed and initially evaluated in-house. It is an easy test to perform, usually causes minimal discomfort to the patient, is reasonably affordable for clients, and can help guide further testing and treatment quickly in some cases.
In this lecture, we will discuss the techniques of fine needle aspiration, the method of slide preparation, the basic terminology to use when looking at cytology samples, and how to assess a slide to determine if it is adequate for submission. We will also look at specific examples of tumors that can be confidently diagnosed in-house without the need to send out the sample (this does take some repetition to gain confidence). This can be very helpful for owners that can’t afford more testing and for dogs that need an immediate diagnosis (they are sick and it’s Friday afternoon, they are currently under anesthesia, etc.).
11:20am - 12:20am(1.0 CE credit) Mariana A. Pardo BVSc, MV, DACVECC & Sergi Serrano, DVM DACVECC Mythbusters: Technician Edition People are creatures of habit. And you, techs, are no exception. How many things do you do in your daily practice just because “that´s the way it is”, or “we´ve always done it this way”? Are you sure you are doing the right thing? Or maybe not?. In this lecture, we will confront the audience with some myths in veterinary medicine, (e.g. how frequently to change iv catheters, using heparinized saline vs. saline only to flush catheters, for how long can you keep that fluid bag?), and try to unveil the truth. Should we stay the way we are, or must we break with the old habit? You need more convincing this is THE lecture you want to attend? What if we tell you that use of cell phones will not only be allowed, but encouraged?. We will be conducting real time polls to see where YOU stand on the topics discussed.
12:30 - 1:00 - Buffet Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm(1.5 CE credits) LEARN & LUNCH (everyone together) featuring Dr. Kirsten Waratuke, DVM, DABT, Toxicology The Only Solution is Fat Infusion: Intralipid Therapy This 90 minute presentation will include a comprehensive review of Intravenous Lipid Emulsion (ILE) Therapy, also known as Intralipid Therapy. During the presentation, we will discuss suspected mechanisms of action for ILE therapy, adverse effects, review pertinent literature and discuss several cases involving ILE therapy.